Re: [Tools-discuss] Request to retain kramdown compiler and author stats

Carsten Bormann <cabo@tzi.org> Thu, 11 March 2021 06:06 UTC

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From: Carsten Bormann <cabo@tzi.org>
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Subject: Re: [Tools-discuss] Request to retain kramdown compiler and author stats
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On 10. Mar 2021, at 21:12, Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> On 11-Mar-21 04:16, Julian Reschke wrote:
> ...> I'm running kramdown and xml2rfc just fine on Cygwin. And I'm pretty
>> sure that WSL (Windows Subsytem for Linux) will even do better...
> 
> Why would I want to invest in that learning curve (or the GitHub one)
> when the web service is just so much easier to use? Fortunately the plan
> includes the web service anyway.

That depends on your personal workflow.

Some people like to be able to do a “make” (usually mapped to a single key press) and get a result without further ado within sub-seconds; this enables editing on the source and near-simultaneously seeing one form of the result (usually the HTML form these days).  This requires a local installation and some caching of dependencies.

(Why is that a good thing?  There is a certain fatigue that sets in when one edits a document; seeing the same information in a different form can surmount that fatigue.  This is a rarely recognized reason for why documents that are edited in a non-WYSIWYG environment turn out better than WYSIWYG results, but it requires both forms to be readable — one more reason for the interest in humane markup such as markdown.)

Grüße, Carsten